© Reuters. Japan stocks lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.51%

Investing.com – Japan stocks were lower after the close on Wednesday, as losses in the , and sectors led shares lower.

At the close in Tokyo, the declined 0.51%.

The best performers of the session on the were Chiyoda Corp. (T:), which rose 5.63% or 17.0 points to trade at 319.0 at the close. Meanwhile, Takashimaya Co., Ltd. (T:) added 4.23% or 47.0 points to end at 1159.0 and Astellas Pharma Inc. (T:) was up 3.87% or 57.0 points to 1530.0 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Yokogawa Electric Corp. (T:), which fell 3.19% or 67.0 points to trade at 2035.0 at the close. Japan Tobacco Inc (T:) declined 3.18% or 79.5 points to end at 2423.0 and Tokai Carbon Co., Ltd. (T:) was down 3.09% or 35.0 points to 1098.0.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Tokyo Stock Exchange by 2287 to 1210 and 218 ended unchanged.

Shares in Japan Tobacco Inc (T:) fell to 5-year lows; losing 3.18% or 79.5 to 2423.0.

The , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was unchanged 0.00% to 16.37.

Crude oil for August delivery was up 1.69% or 0.98 to $58.81 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in September rose 1.26% or 0.81 to hit $65.09 a barrel, while the August Gold Futures contract fell 0.45% or 6.35 to trade at $1412.35 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was up 0.25% to 107.44, while EUR/JPY rose 0.29% to 122.14.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.07% at 95.713.

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